Originally Posted by matt g
The BATFE requires that you have a manufacturer's license in order to produce firearms. The frame carries the serial number on pistols and therefore, you have to run an off the shelf frame or have a current manufacturer's license.
Be aware that there are federal agents that peruse the web looking at sites like this for evil doers. It would suck to have your door kicked in at 3 in the morning just because you didn't know the laws, or you felt that they didn't apply to you.
To the OP, well done
Old post, I understand but this was never addressed.
That info is wrong. You absolutely can do home builds.
Here is a cut and past as well as a link
A. GENERAL QUESTIONS
(A6) Does the GCA prohibit anyone from making a handgun, shotgun or rifle? [Back]
With certain exceptions a firearm may be made by a non-licensee provided it is not for sale and the maker is not prohibited from possessing firearms. However, a person is prohibited from assembling a non-sporting semi-automatic rifle or non-sporting shotgun from imported parts. In addition, the making of an NFA firearm requires a tax payment and approval by ATF. An application to make a machine gun will not be approved unless documentation is submitted showing that the firearm is being made for a Federal or State agency.
[18 U.S.C. 922(o) and (r), 26 U.S.C. 5822, 27 CFR 478.39, 479.62 and 479.105]